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Bridgeport Mayor Pleads Guilty to Theft in Office

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — David Smith, the mayor of Bridgeport, entered pleas of guilty to third-degree felony theft in office and first-degree misdemeanor conflict of interest occurring from 2016 through 2019.

Smith entered his guilty pleas Wednesday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra, who set his sentencing date at Aug. 10.

Smith faces a maximum sentence of 36 months in prison. According to Leigh A. Bayer, assistant legal counsel from the Ohio Auditor of State’s office, Smith would be responsible for restitution and the cost of the audit. She quoted a figure of more than $24,000, to be discussed further with Smith’s defense attorney.

Afterward, she said Smith’s conviction would officially occur after his sentencing, after which he would be disqualified from holding public office.

Smith relinquished his mayoral duties in February.

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